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By Richard J. Samuels

On March eleven, 2011, Japan was once struck by way of the shockwaves of a 9.0 significance undersea earthquake originating under 50 miles off its japanese sea coast. the main robust earthquake to have hit Japan in recorded heritage, it produced a devastating tsunami with waves achieving heights of over one hundred thirty ft that during flip brought on an remarkable multireactor meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear energy Plant. This triple disaster claimed nearly 20,000 lives, destroyed entire cities, and should finally fee hundreds and hundreds of billions of bucks for reconstruction.

In 3.11, Richard Samuels bargains the 1st vast scholarly overview of the disaster's effect on Japan's govt and society. The occasions of March 2011 happened after 20 years of social and financial malaise-as good as massive political and administrative disorder at either the nationwide and native levels-and led to nationwide soul-searching. Political reformers observed within the tragedy reason for desire: a chance for Japan to remake itself. Samuels explores Japan's post-earthquake activities in 3 key sectors: nationwide safeguard, power coverage, and native governance. For a few reformers, 3.11 used to be a caution for Japan to overtake its priorities and political techniques. For others, it used to be a once-in-a-millennium occasion; they recommended that whereas nationwide coverage might be better, dramatic alterations will be counterproductive. nonetheless others declared that the disaster confirmed the necessity to go back to an idealized earlier and rebuild what has been misplaced to modernity and globalization.

Samuels chronicles the battles between those views and analyzes quite a few makes an attempt to mobilize renowned aid by way of political marketers who many times invoked 3 powerfully affective topics: management, group, and vulnerability. Assessing reformers' successes and screw ups as they used the disaster to push their specific agendas-and via interpreting the earthquake and its aftermath along past mess ups in Japan, China, and the United States-Samuels outlines Japan's rhetoric of predicament and exhibits the way it has come to outline post-3.11 politics and public policy.

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